Red. Swollen. Hot. Painful. Signs of inflammation that no Easley back pain patient desires. Young Chiropractic offers chiropractic services to decrease back pain by recognizing and addressing any related inflammation.
INFLAMMATION AND BACK PAIN RELATED
How can you tell if there is inflammation? Like anything else, researchers look for ways to measure it. To measure inflammation, researchers try to find inflammatory biomarkers, biological markers like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP), and interleukin-6, interleukin-1β, that revealed an increase. Researchers have discovered that chronic inflammation raised cytokine production and activated pro-inflammatory pathways that may cause non-specific low back pain. (1) Researchers observed systemic inflammation in chronic LBP and may affect transition from acute to persistent low back pain. Specifically, CRP was found elevated in acute low back pain patients and not in control patients. TNF was greater in back pain patients especially in patients with depression. (2) Since researchers have already documented that inflammation is linked to back pain, Young Chiropractic knows that inflammation must be reduced to help in reducing Easley back pain.
HOW TO STOP INFLAMMATION
Well, first, know what inflammation does. Researchers used lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to create intervertebral disc degeneration in experiments. They set out to see what might potentially decrease the generated back pain that accompanies it and/or even avoid the degeneration in the first place so we humans do not have to suffer low back pain at all! That’s a tough call though, Young Chiropractic understands. But follow this: researchers utilized LPS to create the degeneration that preceded low back pain. They found that procyanidin B3 (PRO-B3) found in our diets inhibited the production of inflammatory markers - tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-Α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and nitric oxide – associated with disc degeneration. It also prevented the loss of the disc’s gelatin nucleus pulposus cells and structural damage of its anulus fibrosus (outer rings of disc). What’s all this signify to researchers looking for a way to stop degenerative disc degeneration (DDD)? PRO-B3 may be looked at as a treatment agent for intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). This is a welcome bit of information for those 80% of us adults who are likely to experience IVDD, a major cause of low back pain. (3) Another current paper described that the p38 MAPK inflammatory pathway may be a way to postpone DDD using the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, Genistein. (4) That is encouraging for the treatment of Easley back pain and inflammation.
Vitamin D FOR INFLAMMATION
Research says that vitamin D deficiency is linked with low back pain that is stronger in younger women and in those with more severe deficiency. (5) Vitamin D deficiency is connected to lumbar disc disease and more severe low back pain in postmenopausal women. (6) Let us talk about your vitamin D status at your next Easley chiropractic appointment.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sarah Murrow on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. In this episode, Dr. Murrow and her patient present how the Cox® Technic System alleviated back pain due to disc bulges.